Illinois Earns Scholar All-America Team Award
July 18, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois swimming and diving earned the Spring 2012 Scholar All-America Team Award, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced this week. The honor recognizes teams that maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The Orange and Blue finished with a 3.47 GPA for the semester to rank 23rd in the nation among women's Division I swimming and diving teams.
In addition to the team award, 10 Illini garnered individual honors. Seniors Britni Fisher, Kelly Kunkel, Kristen Manias, Brittany McGowan and April McKee, juniors Tessa Adams, Keri Eberhardt, Erin Lamb and Darragh McDermott and freshman Alison Meng were named Honorable Mention Scholar All-America for posting at least a 3.5 GPA while securing an NCAA "B" time.
"I am very proud of the effort that the team continues to put into its academic and athletic success," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "It is gratifying to see the girls take responsibility and really strive to be the best that they can be each day. We have such tremendous support for the student-athletes at Illinois, and when they choose to take advantage of all the resources, the sky is the limit. I would like to thank our academic counselor, Melinda McCormick, the rest of the Irwin Academic Center staff and the administration for providing such great support and encouragement for all of the swimmers and divers."